An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Garnett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GARNETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

IT seems that Bracken is tak­ing the new Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ment very se­ri­ously.

In the ad­vert, Bat­tersea sets out how they pre­pare an­i­mals for their new home by giv­ing them full check ups and hav­ing them mi­crochipped and vac­ci­nated so that, by the time they are ready for hom­ing, they are happy well-cared for an­i­mals.

Not con­tent with just be­ing happy, this stun­ning Saluki is de­scribed by Bat­tersea as be­ing the life and soul of any party.

In his ex­cite­ment, Bat­tersea say he can be “a lit­tle silly”.

Bracken needs a new owner who can chan­nel this en­ergy into fun ac­tiv­i­ties. It would help if he could live with an­other dog who could be a role model for him.

If you would like to home this lively boy, you can meet him at Bat­tersea Old Wind­sor, Priest Hill, En­gle­field Green.

When you look at the an­i­mals that need re­hom­ing at Bat­tersea and the other re­hom­ing cen­tres reg­u­larly fea­tured in this col­umn, you can have con­fi­dence the an­i­mals are well-cared for while they wait for a home and that the cen­tres will do their best to en­sure they go to suit­able homes.

This is not the case for all the hun­dreds of thou­sands of an­i­mals sold via on­line ad­verts. For any per­son con­cerned about an­i­mal wel­fare, these ad­verts make un­com­fort­able read­ing, as the scale of the trade be­comes ap­par­ent.

Bat­tersea is part of the Pet Ad­ver­tis­ing Ad­vi­sory Group (PAAG), chaired by Dogs Trust, con­sist­ing of an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions, trade as­so­ci­a­tions and vet­eri­nary bod­ies who work to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble pet ad­ver­tis­ing in what is, at present, a poorly reg­u­lated on­line trade.

Al­though PAAG has con­structed min­i­mum stan­dards for on­line sites to fol­low such as en­sur­ing no pet is ad­ver­tised for sale be­fore it is weaned, these stan­dards are only vol­un­tary.

PAAG are cur­rently work­ing with the govern­ment to en­sure that when new reg­u­la­tions come into force next year, some of these stan­dards will be com­pul­sory. Mean­while, if you have bought an an­i­mal from a clas­si­fied ad or website that has turned out to be poorly or a prob­lem pet, PAAG would like to hear from you. You can contact them at ad­min@paag.org.uk.

When you see the health and hap­pi­ness of the an­i­mals in the Bat­tersea ad­vert, it makes you ques­tion the logic of buy­ing a pet on­line when you can get one which has al­ready been health checked, mi­crochipped, vac­ci­nated and neutered from one of our lo­cal, rep­utable re­hom­ing cen­tres.

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